Proverbs 8:33

ESV Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.
NIV Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
NASB Listen to instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.
CSB Listen to instruction and be wise; don't ignore it.
NLT Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it.
KJV Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

What does Proverbs 8:33 mean?

Wisdom counsels her students to exercise wisdom and to not neglect it. Like a woman calling out to anyone who will listen (Proverbs 1:20–21; 8:1–4), wisdom makes herself clear to those who are truly seeking.

When Jesus taught in the temple and in open spaces, the people heard Him gladly (Mark 12:37). Luke 19:47–48 reports that after Jesus cleansed the temple, "he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words."

Believers ought to follow the example of those who gladly received Jesus' teaching and hold tightly to His words. If we hear and obey His words, we will enjoy success in what we do for God's glory (Joshua 1:7–8; Psalm 1:1–3). If we refuse to abide in Jesus' words, we will easily be led astray. Instead of loving the Lord and His Word, Demas loved the world, and abandoned missionary work and the apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:10).
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